Service Learning: New York City

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Our itineraries reflect 40 years of experience in crafting exceptional educational tours. That means we know exactly how to make the best of your time abroad—incredible destinations, immersive activities, centrally located hotels, and smart, well-traveled tour managers who ensure your educational goals are met. Here are some of the exceptional features of this tour.

ACIS Guarantees

We have high standards, which is why we take care to include these features in every tour.

Round-Trip Transportation

3- and 4-Star Quality Hotels with Quad Occupancy

After a busy day, comfort is key.

Daily Breakfast and Dinner (unless otherwise noted)

Delicious, authentic, multi-course dinners at local restaurants with meal times tailored to maximize your experience.

Daytime Tour Manager (On-Call in Evening)

Part guide, part educator, part engineer, part mind-reader, part magician—ACIS Tour Managers are your travel partner.

Overnight Security

Basic Travel Protection

Service Guarantee

We're so sure you're going to love your tour, we guarantee it!

Global Network

24/7 on the ground support whenever and wherever you need it.

Exceptional Experiences

Our tours are designed to help you and your students be in the moment and experience everything the world has to offer.

Professional Group Photograph

Professional Group Photograph

New York City Tour with Guide

New York City Tour with Guide

Quaker Meeting House Dinner Service

Quaker Meeting House Dinner Service

Overnight at Quaker Meeting House

Overnight at Quaker Meeting House

Service learning opportunity at a food pantry, soup kitchen or clothing bank

Service learning opportunity at a food pantry, soup kitchen or clothing bank

Times Square

Times Square

Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum

Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum

National September 11 Memorial

National September 11 Memorial

One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center

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Itinerary

This itinerary is the starting point for your tour, but it’s not set in stone. If there are days you would like to change, or specific places you’d like to go, we can work with you to create a personalized program that fits the needs of you and your students.

Day 1: New York City

Welcome to New York City! Meet your ACIS Tour Manager at Grand Central Station and have lunch on your own. Afterwards, enjoy a city sightseeing tour that will end at the at the Quaker Meeting House. Tonight the students will prepare and eat dinner with the homeless people who sleep in a church or a synagogue shelter nearby. After dinner you will meet with a resource person (someone involved in direct service to homeless and hungry people or advocacy) to share frontline experiences and reflections. The day will end with students sleeping in sleeping bags on the floor. Please note that the specific experience staying overnight at the Quaker Meeting House is only available on Thursday and Friday evenings.

Day 2: New York City

After breakfast, teams spend the day working at service sites in neighborhoods throughout the city, preparing and serving meals at soup kitchens; providing recreational activities and companionship to young, formerly homeless children; distributing food at food pantries and furniture to formerly homeless people getting new housing, and much more. Next, return to the Quaker Meeting House to share the work each group did and discuss the challenges they faced. Check in to your hotel, followed by dinner in Times Square. Walk through the spectacularly illuminated Times Square to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum before stopping for a group photo in “the crossroads of the world”.

Day 3: Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Battery Park, the birthplace of New York City. Arrive at the tree-lined National September 11 Memorial plaza and walk to the two pools constructed in the footprints of the towers that were destroyed on September 11, 2001. Next, you are carried up the 60-second, 100 story ascent to the top of newly completed and the One World Observatory. There you’ll have a stunning, panoramic views of the whole of Manhattan Island, the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River, the Hudson River, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. After lunch, walk to the Oculus, the World Trade Center's massive, white steel and marble transportation hub. Finally, walk underground to Brookfield Place, for a short visit to the beautiful Winter Garden, that was nearly destroyed then rebuilt after the September 11 attacks, before meeting your bus at historic Trinity Church and departing for home.

Price This Tour

Price This Tour

Please contact our travel partner, Landmark Tours Plus, for a custom price quote for this trip.

Optional Extras

Ultimate-Plus Protection Plan

Most Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy

Rate $75

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Ultimate Protection Plan

Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy

Rate $30

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